IRS Phone Scam

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Several residents report having received a phone call from a man identifying himself as Dennis Gary with the treasury department, 303-479-3380. This is a scam do not call the number back.


The IRS does not:

  1. 1Call you to demand immediate payment. They will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.


  1. 2Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.


  1. 3Require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.


  1. 4Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.


  1. 5Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.



If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what to do:


  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options. You also may be able to set up a payment plan online at


  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484 or at


  • If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at Use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report the scam. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.


Remember, the IRS currently does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type “scam” in the search box.


Have you been the victim of a cybercrime? Get help and get educated.

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Every day more than one million people fall victim to cybercrime. The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) is pleased to collaborate with Symantec to provide resources for cybercrime victims. provides a wealth of resources related to cybercrime, including prevention tips and steps to take if victimized. This site also allows users to file a complaint about an online crime directly with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.  


Please check out the VOICE website today and share with others to help prevent and combat cybercrime.



Online Scam known as "Ransomware "

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The Ridgewood Police Department has received an increasing number of reports from residents who have fallen victim to online scams known as “Ransomware”.

Ransomware is a type of malware that stops you from using your computer until you pay a certain amount of money (the ransom).
It is also called "FBI Moneypak" or the "FBI virus" as it often uses the FBI or local police logos and asks you to pay using Green Dot MoneyPak.

There are two types of ransomware.

Lock screen ransomware - which uses a full-screen image or webpage to stop you from accessing anything on your computer.

Encryption ransomware - which locks your files with a password, stopping you from opening them.

Most ransomware shows a notification that says your local authorities have detected illegal activity on your computer. They then demand you pay a "fine" to avoid prosecution and to get access to your files again.Typically a user encounters them when surfing the internet when suddenly the computer will lock up and a screen stating that the computer is now under control of a Police Department appears. DO NOT SEND MONEY.

You can regain access to your computer by starting it in SAFE mode (Shift F8 at startup) and then running a full antivirus scan. More information can be found by visiting the links below.

For Microsoft users

For Mac users



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The Village of Ridgewood maintains a Lightning Detection System at several athletic fields throughout the village. The system is managed by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and governed by the Athletic Fields and Recreational Facilities Use Policy as established by the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Fields Use Committee and the Board of Education.

An effective lightning safety program is dependent on cooperation by field users, as well as properly functioning technology. We realize compliance with the Lightning Detection System will increase once residents and other users of our facilities understand how the system works and what to do when there is a threat of lightning.

OEM and the Fields Use Committee are providing this summary about the Lightning Detection System to educate the public about the system and current policies.

Current Locations With Lightning Detection System:

• Ridgewood High School/Stevens Field
• Veterans Field
• Maple Field
• Benjamin Franklin Middle School
• Somerville School
• Hawes School

Future Locations Not Currently Covered By Lightning Detection System:

• George Washington Middle School/Citizens’ Field
• Habernickel Park
• Kenilworth Field
• Brookside Field
• Glen School
• Orchard School
• Willard School
• Ridge School
• Travell School

How the Lightning Detection System Works:

• Each field is equipped with a rotating amber beacon (flashing light) and a siren.

• When the system detects a lightning strike within 10 miles, a text/email alert will be sent to anyone registered to receive electronic alerts (see below for more information). Within approximately one minute, the siren will sound for 15 seconds and the amber light will illuminate and rotate. The amber light will remain on for the duration of the alert (the siren will not sound again until the “all clear” signal is sounded).

• Once 30 minutes have passed with no lightning detected in the 10 mile area, an “all clear” signal will be broadcast.

o Important: Do not assume it is safe to return to the field after 30 minutes. The system tracks ALL lightning strikes within a 10- mile radius, but only activates after the first strike. There may be multiple consecutive strikes occurring. The system will only sound the “all clear” 30 minutes after the LAST lightning strike. In other words, the “all clear” may sound well beyond 30 minutes from activation. Wait until the “all-clear” signal is given before returning to the field.

• The “all clear” signal consists of three 5-second alerts on the siren and the amber light will shut off. The system will also send out an “all clear” text message and email.

• The system is active from 8am until 10pm, consistent with the hours the fields are open for use.

• The Lightning Detection System is an additional tool to provide warning of potential lightning strikes. If the system does not activate but you see lightning or hear thunder, clear the field immediately and seek shelter.

What to Do When the System is Activated

• While the alert is active the field is closed and users should seek immediate shelter. A safe shelter includes any building (grounded or with plumbing) or any vehicle with a metal roof.

• Anyone arriving to use a field should check to see if the light is active, especially if it looks like others have left the field.

• Encourage others to leave the field and seek immediate shelter.

• Wait for the “all clear” signal before returning to the field. Remember: it may take longer than 30 minutes for the “all clear” to be given.

Your Obligation to Comply:

• Rules for complying with the Lightning Detection System are posted at the fields.

• All field users have an obligation to comply with the alerts by immediately vacating the field and seeking shelter. This includes coaches, parents, referees/umpires. It applies equally to organized sports activities as well as casual field users.

• The safety of all participants, especially children, is of paramount importance. Lightning kills and heeding the alerts could be a matter of life or death.

What to Do at Location with No Lightning Detection System:

• If you see lightning or hear thunder, clear the field immediately and seek shelter.

• Wait 30 minutes from the last lightning strike or sound of thunder before returning to the field.

• Use common sense.

Register for Receive Lightning Alerts by Text/Email :

• Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive email and/or text alerts directly from the Lightning Detection System. These electronic alerts serve as a redundant system in the event the sirens or rotating beacons are not functioning. They also serve to alert parents who are not present at the field but may have children that are on the field.

• 2 ways to register for email/text alerts

o Visit and click on “E-Notice sign up” or

o Visit and either click on “Register for Notifications” under the News & Information tab or click on the “Swift 911 Notification” icon.

o Be sure to check the box that says “Lightning Detection Email Alerts”

Notify Us of System Problems:

• The Village of Ridgewood has a dedicated email address to report problems with the Lightning Detection System. To report a problem or if you believe the system is not functioning properly, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Village Of Ridgewood Website

Ridgewood Office Of Emergency Management